University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Spring Events

Interested in seeing more than just the Fish Lake Nature Trail? Come join us at one of our upcoming events! All the events listed below are open to the public and take place at CCESR’s Lindeman Discovery and Research Center, with the exception of the Citizen Science Festival in May, which takes place at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

To register, get more information, or ask questions, please contact Caitlin Barale Potter at or 612-301-2602 (feel free to leave a message!). Hope to see you soon!

April 1st, 9am - noon:  Master Naturalist project presentations and graduation

You are invited to join us at the Lindeman Center to learn about the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program and the projects the current cohort completed for their capstone projects. The morning will consist of short project presentations by the graduating Master Naturalists (a combination of activities, demonstrations and brief talks), a graduation ceremony, and a celebratory potluck lunch! (free, families welcome)


April 8th, 10am - noon: Bluebirds Galore!

Join Bob Walz, the Chisago County coordinator for the Bluebird Recovery Project of Minnesota, to learn about bluebirds and citizen science, and to go for a birding walk. Bring your binoculars! (free, families welcome)


April 22nd, 8:30am - 2pm: Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project annual volunteer training

Attend this yearly training to become a part of CCESR's longest-running citizen science project! As a member of the project, you'll help monitor and study Cedar Creek's red-headed woodpecker population and contribute to the conservation of this incredible species. During the training, you'll learn about the history of the project, our plans for the coming year, and ways you can get involved. PLEASE RSVP TO CAITLIN ( ) (free, adults recommended)


April 27th, 6pm - 8pm: Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club

Are you interested in our impact on Planet Earth? The web of life? Climate change? Nature? Ecology? If so, this book club (run by Cedar Creek's Master Naturalists) is the place for you to join us as we continue our journey of lifelong learning! Our mission is to: 1) gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of hte history and study of ecology, 2) Develop a deeper knowledge base on ecological issues that affect our world, and 3) inspire active volunteerism in environmental activities. Join us on April 27th at Cedar Creek for an informational and organizational meeting. No reading required for this first meeting, and no scientific background or expertise necessary ever! Have questions? Need more information? Email (free, adults recommended)


May 5th - 7th: Bird Language spring retreat

During this weekend-long program, you will be immersed in a community of nature connection mentors and learners and experience life through the eyes of a bird. Through exercises, instruction, games and time in the woods, the community setting will amplify each individual's learning journey. As a group, participants will begin to uncover unique patterns of hte local birds and animals, and what they are telling us through their behavior and language. RSVP AND FEE REQUIRED. For more information and to register, contact Jonathan ( and visit the Minnesota Tracking Project's informational website. (fee to attend, adults only)


May 13th, 1pm - 4pm: International Migratory Bird Day celebration 

Stop by the Lindeman Center to learn more about bird migration and ways you can help birds in your neighborhood, go birdwatching with local experts, meet bird advocates and researchers from the local community, and more! (free, families welcome)


May 20th: Citizen Science Festival at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Come visit the Science Museum and - in addition to all the regular wonderful things to do there - learn about many exciting citizen science projects in the local area that are looking for new volunteers! CCESR projects will have two tables at the event, and we hope you'll stop by! (regular SMM admission fee, families welcome)